Meridian Public School District teacher Liz Garner Michael was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year for the 3rd Congressional District.
Michael is a 30-year teaching veteran and currently teaches English to ninth grade students at Meridian High School.
Michael is nationally certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Michael said her greatest accomplishments in teaching are reflected through the successes of her students.
“I believe that all students can and will learn if certain components are in place,” Michael said. “Such components are a safe and conducive environment for learning, relevant and age-appropriate learning opportunities, diverse methods of instruction, and various means of assessing students' performance. With those components in place, all students will have opportunities for success.”
“(She) is just one example of teaching excellence in the MPSD family, said interim superintendent Dr. Terry Larabee. "She is someone new and less experienced teachers can emulate.”
Michael was chosen as Mississippi Alternate Teacher of the Year in 2001. This is the fifth time she has been selected by her peers as teacher of the year.
Michael is a member of the National Council of English Teachers; The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Education Committee; The State Blue Ribbon Committee For Teacher Preparation and the Meridian Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.
The 2010 Mississippi Teacher of the Year Selection Committee met in March to select the four congressional district finalists. From these four, the 2010 Mississippi Teacher of the Year will be selected. The announcement will be made at the MTOY awards luncheon on Friday, April 23 at the Hilton in Jackson.
The 2010 Mississippi Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 salary supplement from the Mississippi Department of Education, compete in the National Teacher of the Year competition and be invited to attend the National Teacher of the Year Conference in Dallas. The winner will also travel to Washington, D.C., meet President Barack Obama and participate in a Rose Garden recognition ceremony at the White House.